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>> that during campaign 2016, c-span takes you on the road to the white house as we follow the candidates on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org. >> time to check in with ed
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o'keefe of the "washington post," who has been keeping a close eye on delegate totals. first, let's talk about the democratic race. who would have thought the republican nominee would be more in place, based on what happened in indiana and with all eyes on kentucky and west virginia? where sen. sanders: was campaign thinks they have a chance. ed: it will be embarrassing for the clinton campaign, looking for a way to see if they can wrap this up quickly. that is not expected. he says he plans to stay through and certainly has the money to do it. i heard your last caller get very excited about sanders. but look, the math still works against him. he may want to push for a contested convention. he may fight for every last delegate. but there are not that many left for him to have. at this point, he would need
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2283 delegates to win the nomination. clinton remains on track, even if she loses indiana, kentucky, and west virginia. sanders needs a hefty supply of the 719 superdelegates. he only has 39. 160 have not publicly announced what they would do. that is not enough to make up the difference. and still win 65% plus the remaining delegates in the state and somehow win the nomination. again, sanders' people will be happy tonight and they should be. it continues to show vulnerability for sec. clinton in midwestern states. his popularity is sustained tonight with younger voters. there are a lot in indiana, about one in five tonight. but there is not a lot left for him to overtake the delegate
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lead and win the nomination. steve: taking that into account, as you look at the delegate math and momentum, why has hillary clinton had struggles? clearly she won last week, the new york primary. but looking ahead the map seems , to favor senator sanders. she seems to be losing momentum. ed: she has won the larger states, the swing states likely to be in play, with the exception of iowa, new hampshire, and possibly michigan. if for some reason that were to be put into play by mr. trump. it was expected that in smaller, statesral states, whiter frankly, the clinton campaign anticipated they would not do well. similar things happened eight years ago. she was racking up wins at a time when obama was in the lead. ultimately, obama held on. in california, i think that is
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the last one to look at. if he does continue to do well in kentucky, west virginia, does well in washington, the four, five, or six states that remain, and in california, if he has enough money to compete in california, that would be one to watch and certainly a setback for her. even though again, despite the large number of delegates, she has the lead. if you add up what is left, he cannot overtake her. steve: we are talking with ed o'keefe. of the washington post. let's turn our attention to the republican race. at washington post.com, the headline is ted cruz suspending his campaign after losing indiana in a rout. there is this from the john kasich campaign. it is chief strategist john weaver issued a statement that
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says in part, "our party is facing a clear choice between positive solutions that can win in november, and a darker path that will solve nothing and lead to hillary clinton in the white house." the governor is staying in for the next couple of weeks. ed: read the next sentence. steve: the kasich campaign had secured a plurality of delegates committed to governor kasich as part of the pre-nomination process. ed: they also say, as long as it is possible, governor kasich will fight for the higher path. that is slightly different from what he told my colleague earlier tonight when he said absolutely he is staying in. that was about an hour or two before the rnc chairman tweeted out that trump would be the presumptive nominee tonight.
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he told us that kasich is absolutely not quitting and the campaign would continue until someone has 1237 delegates. look, at this trump will have point that soon. he will have to wait until california to really hit it. but with cruz out, and he was doing well in places like nebraska and south dakota, with ted cruz out and trump when he winning, and with kasich having no hope in either of those places, at this point, it is all over but the voting. the delegate count will put trump just over the top if he wins the majority of the delegates in california. there is a chance that kasich runs house races in california. the way it works out in california, you have to win every congressional district. if he was able to pull in half a dozen districts, there is a chance he could pick up
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delegates that way, especially among conservative republicans. who don't want to see trump becomes the nominee. we will see. it is all but said and done at this point. i think the real question we have to focus on is, at what point does the rnc start to take its grip off the balloon, so to speak, and allow trump to hold it? at what point do they give access to the voter files? that allow them to begin really reaching out to republican voters in all 50 states. at what point do they start coordinating fundraising activities? remember, trump has not done much fundraising. he has self-funded so far. the republican party could certainly use the money. there is no clear sense of what will happen. i was reading something a few minutes ago that pointed out
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that, at this point in 2012, mitt romney's joint fundraising with the rnc was already a month into its existence and had raised about $140 million by the end of june for the romney victory fund and the rnc. in order to boost down-ticket republicans. nothing like that has been set up between trump and republicans. clearly, if trump is the presumptive nominee, the party is signaling that they would like to get down to some of those races. some of those down dollars and races will probably be threatened. steve: we read this tweeted earlier that is one of the biggest stories tonight. the chairman of the republican committee saying it is time to unite and focus on defeating hillary clinton with the hashtag "neverclinton." but your colleagues over at the
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thick at washington post.com has this headline, some are going to bolt the gop and back clinton. what is happening inside the so-called establishment? ed: you are seeing intellectual types announcing that they are de-registering as members of the republican party or voting for hillary clinton. you will see a lot of the folks who write for companies like the washington beacon or washington examiner, weekly standard, national review, begin to talk openly about bucking trump or voting for clinton. or sitting on their hands. i am seeing it on twitter among republicans supporting cruz or someone else. but the more intriguing part to keep an eye on is the national security wing.
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if you want to call it that of the party. former cia directors, security advisers, ambassadors for the bush administrations. do they break away? do they say they will vote against trump? will they support clinton? or will they sit on their hands? there was talk of starting up an independent bid for james mattis. that was being driven by conservative folks that are concerned that donald trump does not have the temperament to serve as commander-in-chief. and there has been talk tonight that it perhaps hillary clinton needs to make a bid for those people, speak to republicans who are concerned. she could say, look, i may have said something about your party in the past, but if you're looking for a serious and focused commander-in-chief, i am there for you. if that happens, it is difficult for trump to make a compelling
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argument to the americans that think about those issues when they go to the ballot box. even more so then their party affiliation. steve: we are talking with ed o'keefe of the washington post. this tweet saying ted cruz is heading back to houston after suspending his campaign. final question for you. how does the party try to come together in all of this? ed: if i knew the answer to that, i would be a wealthier man at this point. i think it will be really difficult. look, we still have two months until the party convention. that is a long time in american politics. a lot can happen between now and then. a lot of the panic and concern might dissipate. eight years ago, there was concern about democrats that said, i can never vote for barack obama.
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i will always be with hillary clinton. look what happened. they united and easily elected him president in 2008. we talk about the republican party and the need to unite. remember the democratic race , continues. sanders has made no qualms about sticking it out until the philadelphia convention in july. i think we have to pay attention and scrutinize the situation as much as the republican one at this point. because like it or not, republicans are united around that one guy. two months is a long time. if you can put together a unified campaign, it could become easier for him. you might see the numbers shift. certainly, there is a real crisis right now in the republican party about who it is, what it is supposed to be about. who its leader should be. and we will just have to continue to watch that. the dividediscount among democrats. steve: which makes this campaign one for the record books and one
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of the more interesting we have seen in our lifetime. ed: indeed. absolutely. steve: thank you very much for being with us. work is available online at washington post.com. announcer: 2016 election at the american enterprise institute, discussion today at 8:45 a.m. eastern time. in case you missed it, senator ted cruz in indianapolis as he suspended his campaign for the presidency. this is about 20 minutes.
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[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, carly fiorina. [applause] [chanting "carly"] ms. fiorina: hello hoosiers! [applause] ms. fiorina: i know that i speak for the entire cruz family, the entire cruz team, when i tell you how many hoosiers we have fallen in love with on this campaign. [applause] ms. fiorina: all the wonderful people who have shown up at rallies across the state, the retail stops where people let what looked like awesome food get cold, while we all stood and talked about the state you love and the state we have come to
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love, and the nation we all love. [applause] you! love ms. fiorina: we came together as fellow warriors. warriors and a cause to save the soul of our party, the character and the future of our nation. and that cause continues and you are warriors still. [applause] ms. fiorina: you know, you know what makes this country extraordinary. you know that we are extraordinary because while people are gifted by god all over the world, it is only in this nation that so many people have been given the opportunity to realize their god-given gifts and we haven't even at opportunity because we were -- and we have been given that opportunity because we were
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founded on two powerful ideals. one, that each of us have a right to find and use our god-given gifts. a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. [applause] ms. fiorina: that those rights come from god and should not be taken away by man or government. [applause] ms. fiorina: and the other idea, that power concentrated is power abused. and so when power gets concentrated in the hands of too few for too long, too many americans in this nation suffer. and you know as i know, that in this nation, extraordinary people step up. you have all stepped up. and it has been my great pleasure, my privilege, my honor, to stand by and fight
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alongside one of the great citizens of this extraordinary nation. [applause] ms. fiorina: the ted cruz that i have come to know, the same man that you have come to know. this is a man who favors substance over sloganeering. [applause] ms. fiorina: who favors respect over insult. who favors positive policy solutions that will actually work over hand waving. it has been my great privilege and honor to get to know him as a friend, a husband, as a father, he is indeed a great citizen of this great nation.
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and so, citizens, fellow citizens, as we fight on for the nation we hold dear -- [applause] ms. fiorina: as we know that our history is long and our future is longer still, please join me in welcoming a great man, ted cruz, his wonderful and brilliant wife heidi cruz, and the two girls i have come to love as much as you have, carolyn and catherine, a great american family. [applause]
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chanting "cruz"] [applause] sen. cruz: god bless the hoosier state. [applause] sen. cruz: let me tell you about the america that i love. our nation is an exceptional nation. we were founded by risktakers and pioneers, brave men and women who put everything on the line for freedom. we began with a revolutionary idea, that our rights do not come from kings and queens or even presidents, but from god almighty. [applause]
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sen. cruz: that every one of us has an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. and that to protect those rights, the constitution serves as chains to bind the mischief of government. [applause] sen. cruz: for more than two centuries, we have protected those rights. we believe in equal rights for everybody, that everybody deserves dignity and respect. whether they agree with you or not. that there will always be evil in the world and injustice in the world, but america stands up to it and confronts it. [applause]
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sen. cruz: even from a montgomery jail, our voice for justice and equality rings out for the ages. america is hopeful, optimistic. america is kind. we are not boastful or mean-spirited. america is brave, we keep our word, and we believe in peace through strength. [applause] sen. cruz: we have spilled more blood, spent more treasure in defense of liberty than any country in history, yet we do not engage in wars of conquest. we do not seek to enrich ourselves at our neighbors' expense. america is the land that gave my
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mom, an irish-italian girl growing up in a working-class family, the chance to be the first in her family ever to go to college. to become a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950's. [applause] sen. cruz: i love you, mom. america is the land that welcomed my father as a penniless immigrant. he had seen oppression and torture in cuba. for him, america was hoping opportunity. in 1957 if someone told a teenager washing dishes for $0.50 an hour, his son would be in the senate and he would get a chance to cast his ballot for his son to be president of the united states. [applause]
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[cheering crowd] sen. cruz: that teenage immigrant would never have believed it. and yet that is exactly what happened, only in america. [applause] sen. cruz: in recent months a lot people have been talking about what happened 40 years ago at the republican convention in kansas city, our party's last contested convention. when i look back at that
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convention, i look at the speech ronald reagan gave to our party. he spoke not to the next four years, he spoke not of the close horizons that were of interest to those to build their fortunes in the short term, and said he -- but instead he looked to the distant times that concerned the men and women whose purpose it is to secure the blessings of liberty to their posterity. ronald reagan spoke of the next 100 years and of the generations of americans who would come to know whether our nation had escaped the existential threat of nuclear war. who would know whether our party had succeeded in the fight against the erosion of constitutional freedoms that only grow and multiply under wool of the democratic party. ronald reagan spoke of the purpose that defined our party then and must drive and unite our party now. [applause] sen. cruz: the republican party
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of ronald reagan and george him him himhim used. herbert walker bush ensured that thousands of nuclear missiles that the united states and russia had against each other were never used. soviet communism was consigned to the ash heap of history. [applause] sen. cruz: they fought hard so that our american freedoms were not lost to any foreign foe nor sacrificed in any pursuit of the
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domestic agenda of the democratic yet the challenges we face today remain as great as ever. americans are deeply frustrated and desperately want to change the path we are on. we have economic stagnation at home and our constitutional rights are under assault. under the obama-clinton foreign-policy, russia has emerged as a resurgent threat. china looks with a covetous eye on the lands of our allies in the region. north korea and iran yearn to devastate our homeland. and islamic terrorism unleashes evil. this year, all americans will celebrate the 240th birthday of the united states of america. [applause] sen. cruz: american parents and grandparents will watch the fireworks with their kids and will dream of the grandchildren and great grandchildren to come and wonder how future generations of americans will remember not only what we do
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this summer, but in the coming decades. will rise to meet the challenges that face our nation on the international stage, or will we withdraw and cower timidly from the world? will we secure freedom of locked and freedom of religion or future generations? or will we succumb to political correctness and racial politics and balkanization here at home? will we hold fast to our founding values of rewarding talent, hard work and industry? or will we continue on that path of creeping socialism that incentivizes apathy and dependency? will we deliver control of health care to citizens and their doctors?
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or will we continue down the obamacare road to second rate socialized medicine? will we keep america safe from the threats of nuclear war and atomic terrorism? or will we pass on to future generations a land devastated and destroyed by the enemies of civilization? this is the responsibility with which we have been charged by history. this is our challenge, this is the fight that falls to our generation. when we launched this campaign 13 months ago, we saw a movement grow. upon this, all said it was hopeless, but we saw over 300,000 volunteers all across this nation. [applause]
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sen. cruz: over 1.5 million contributions averaging about $60 each. [applause] sen. cruz: many of those of volunteers, many of those contributions you never forget. just a few days ago, two young kids ages four and six handed me two envelopes full of change. all of their earnings from their lemonade stand. they wanted the campaign to have it. that's what built of this campaign, that's what fueled this movement. [applause] sen. cruz: thank you to each of you. incredible patriots who have
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fought so hard to save our nation. [applause] sen. cruz: and i, with you -- [applause] sen. cruz: i am so grateful to you, to my amazing wife, heidi. [applause] sen. cruz: to our precious girls, caroline and catherine. [applause] sen. cruz: to my mom, the prayer warrior. [applause] sen. cruz: to my dad, who has traveled this nation, preaching the gospel. [applause] sen. cruz: to carly fiorina, who
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has been an incredible, phenomenal running mate. [applause] sen. cruz: what you have done, the movement that you have started his extraordinary. -- it is extraordinary. every one ofch and you. from the beginning, i've said i would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. tonight, i'm sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed. together, we left it all on the field in indiana.
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we gave it everything we've got. but the voters chose another path. and so, with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign. but hear me now, i am not suspending our fight for liberty. [applause] sen. cruz: i am not suspending our fight to defend the constitution. to defend the judeo-christian values that built america. our movement will continue. and i give you my word that i
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will continue this fight with all of my strength and all of my ability. [applause] sen. cruz: you are extraordinary and we will continue to fight next week, and next month, and next year, and together we will continue as long as god grants us the strength to fight on. [applause] sen. cruz: for one thing remains as true today as it was 40 years ago in kansas city. in this fight for the long-term future of america, there is no substitute for victory. there is no substitute for the america that each and every one of us loves with all of our heart, that we believe in with all of our heart, and together
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we will restore as a shining city on the hill for every generation to come. thank you to each of you and god bless you. [applause] ♪ ["only in america" by brooks and dunn] ♪
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>> that was ted cruz in downtown indianapolis where he ended his presidential campaign. for 407 campaign lasted days. this morning on c-span3, we start with a discussion on climate change and the zika virus. and a look at changing temperatures and the spread of mosquito-borne virus. later, a look at economic exporting by oil countries. that is live at 11:00 a.m. eastern, also on c-span3. by donalda victory
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trump in the state of indiana, ted cruz suspended his campaign for the republican nomination. at his victory speech in indiana, mr. trump congratulated the senator on a well-run campaign. this is about 20 minutes. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the next president of the united states, mr. donald j. trump. >> ♪ you can start me up start me up never stop, never stop, never stop start me up never stop, never stop, never stop i've been running hot i think i'm going to blow my top ou can start me up
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you can start me up never stop, never stop, never stop you make a grown man cry you make a grown man cry you make a grown man cry ♪ [applause] mr. trump: well, thank you very much everyone. i want to start by, as always, thanking my family. my wife, my kids. they are not kids anymore, but they are kids as far as i am concerned. they will always be my kids. i want to thank my mom, and my brother looking down on me. it has been an unbelievable day, evening, and year. never have been through anything
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like this but it is a beautiful thing to watch and behold. and we are going to make america great again. we are going to make america great again. [applause] trump: so important, so important that the people of indiana have been incredible. i started, as you know, not very long ago, six weeks ago. and i was told i had a 20-point deficit. and i went there and i worked very hard, i campaign. i made lots of speeches and i met lots of incredible people. incredible people. the crowds got bigger and bigger and it was unbelievable. and towards the end it was like i did not want to leave. i almost said, maybe i will just never leave.
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and it resonated somehow and we had a tremendous victory. i have to think bobby knight. boy, bobby knight was incredible. he was great. [applause] mr. trump: i always say about people like that, you know, there are too many people like that. tough, smart, and they know how to win. that is what our country needs. we have to know how to win. we have not one. we have been losing all the time. we lose with our military, we , we lose withis trade, we lose with borders. we're not going to lose anymore. we're going to start winning again, and we're going to win big league. so when i got back tonight and i began watching all the different networks, i could see it immediately we were doing very well. it looks like a massive victory.
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it looks like we want all 57 -- we won all 57 delegates. and i must say, in staying in various places in indiana we had -- i turned on the television and all i saw was negative ads. negative one after another after another. and i called my people and i said, how can we win? it is this constantly. and it was the same as florida. you know, there has been 60,000 negative ads. i got it right for you folks, ok? 60,000. in fact, two weeks ago it was 55,000, now it is 60,000 negative ads. most of which are absolutely false and disgusting. and i said, how can anybody endure this. i had one evening two nights ago where literally they had five ads on in between segments of a show i was watching. and i said, that is incredible.
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and the people are so smart. they do not buy it. they get it. and, tremendous amounts of money were spent. millions and millions of dollars. and they were comparing it. they think it was probably $8 million that was spent against me. and we spent $900,000. to me, that is the way it is supposed to be. that is something that makes me feel really very, very good. now we are going to nebraska. where i here we are doing really wonderfully. i look forward to that very much. and west virginia and we are going to get those miners back to work. i tell you what. we are going to get those miners back to work. we are not going to be hillary clinton.
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i watched her three or four weeks ago when she was talking about the miners as if it were just numbers. she was talking about she wants the mines closed and she will never let them work again. let me tell you, the miners in pennsylvania and ohio and west virginia, they are going to start to work again. believe me. let me tell you, they are going to the proud to miners. so we are going there. this tremendous run we had started in new york with this. 62% with two people is a massive landslide. but 63%, just a little over 62, when you have that kind of a number with three people, it is actually a unheard of.
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and all throughout it was 17 people, then 15 then 12, it was tremendous. we are getting very high numbers and some of the numbers in my opinion, in a state with 32% but there were 14 people, i think that might be actually more and better and the end getting 62% in new york but we never got credit for that. but now we do not need the credit because we are going after hillary clinton. she will not -- [applause] mr. trump: she will not be a great president. she will not be a good president. she will be a poor president. she does not understand trade. her husband signed, perhaps in the history of the world, the single worst trade deal ever done. it is called nafta. and i was witness to the carnage over the last six weeks especially. now, i have known syracuse, i
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have known poughkeepsie and all of the different places i visited in new york. and pennsylvania and then maryland and other places. all of the different states. connecticut. and i have witnessed what it has done firsthand and it has been in deed carnage. we are going to change it around. we are not going to let carrier and all of these companies think they can move, go to another country, make their product and sell it back to us and we get only one thing. unemployment. not going to happen, folks. not going to happen anymore. we are going to bring back our jobs and we are going to keep our jobs. we are not going to let companies leave. now, if they want to go to another state, good luck. compete. but if they start going to other countries, and in many cases countries that devalued their
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currency and make it impossible for our country to compete, that is not going to happen. not going to happen. and if they want to do it anyway there will be consequences. very, very serious consequences. i have to tell you i have competed all of my life. very competitive person. all of my life i've been in competitions. different competitions. sports, business, and now for 10 months, politics. and i have to tell you that i have met some of the most incredible competitors that i have ever competed against right here on the republican party. you know, we started off with a 17 number. and just so you understand, ted cruz, i don't know if he likes me or he does not like me -- but he is one hell of a competitor.
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he is a top, smart guy. tough, smart man. and he has got an amazing future. he has got an amazing future and i want to congratulate ted. i know how tough it is. it is tough. it is tough. i had moments when it was not looking so good and it's not a great feeling so i understand how ted feels and heidi. and there holds beautiful family. and their whole beautiful family. i want to say he was one tough competitor and i can say that for the others. i mean, chris christie, who endorsed me. incredible guy. dr. ben carson, who is right up there. one of the first. he just called me and said, it is a movement you have got going. we have got to do something because i tell you what, it is an incredible movement and dr.
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ben carson endorsed me and i tell you what, he is an incredible man. and we want to keep them totally involved because we are going to win. we're going to win in november. [applause] mr. trump: and we are going to win big. we are going to win and it's going to be america first. countries, they do not respect us and they do not take care of us and they do not treat us right in many cases. that's not going to happen. we're going to keep things going very closely. we are $21 trillion in debt. just $19 million now, but with the budget recently passed, it will be $21 trillion. we are not in the position we were in 30 years ago, 40 years ago with a lot of these things began taking place. we are going to have unbelievably good relationships
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with other countries. but likewise, they have to treat us fairly and understand what we have been doing over the years has been so wrong and so unfair to the united states and to its people, and to its taxpayers. so that will change. , and i will tell you, they are going to end up liking us better than they do right now. they are going to respect us. in this building, right upstairs -- [applause] mr. trump: in this building right upstairs, i have the largest bank in the world from china. the relationship is fantastic. we have great relationships with many foreign countries. but they have to respect us and they have to understand where we are coming from. and you know, it is a two-way street. the two-way street means we are going down one side and they are coming up the other. and we are going to meet and we are going to have something that is going to be fabulous. now, if that can't happen, if for some reason they want the
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system to continue the way it is going now, which is unfair and not good, where we are spending trillions and trillions of dollars, probably $4 trillion in the middle east, and we have to rebuild our infrastructure, our roads, our bridges can our airports and hospitals, we have become close to a third world country. you look at some of the airports, it is third world. then you go to other places and you see places like you have never seen. so i have to say that we are going to turn it around. we are to build up our military bigger, better, stronger than ever before. it's the cheapest thing we can do. and we are going to have to take out isis and we are going to have to take them out fast. we can't allow that cancer to continue. we cannot allow it to continue. and you know, the one group has been so incredible to me. the veterans. they have been treated so badly.
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so badly. so, we going to get that. we are going to get that straightened out. now, one of the things that just happened, which to me is very exciting, the rasmussen poll came out yesterday. and in that poll, i am now leading hillary clinton. a lot of good things are happening. [applause] [crowd chanting "trump"] mr. trump: that is going to continue. because they are not going to be able to do it. they are not going to be able to make great trade deals. we have such bad deals. they are not going to be able to do what we are going to do with the military and the border, including the wall. we are going to have unbelievably great relationships with the hispanics, who have been so incredible to me. they want jobs. everybody wants jobs.
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the african-americans want jobs. you look at what is going on. they want jobs. you look at what is going on. they want jobs. [applause] mr. trump: and we are going to bring back our jobs and save our jobs. people are going to have great jobs again. this country, which is very very divided in so many different ways is going to become one beautiful, loving country. and we are going to love each other, cherish each other, take care of each other, and we are going to have great economic developments. and we are not going to let other countries take it away from us. because that is what has been happening for far too many years. we are not going to do it anymore. we are not going to do it anymore. [applause] mr. trump: i want to thank and congratulate the republican national committee. and reince priebus. who i just spoke to.
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it is not an easy job. when he had 17 egos. now, i guess he is down to one. i don't know, is there a second? [applause] mr. trump: i will have to ask you folks to explain the status of that, but he has done an amazing job. and i think we're going to see something really, really fantastic. i want to thank my staff, paul, corey, hope. i mean, these people. what we have been doing is incredible. i mean, the work -- -- the work has been unreal. and jared. married to my daughter ivanka. honestly, you know, jared, jared -- he is a very successful real estate person, but i think he likes politics more they he likes real estate. i am going to tell you.
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and i want to tell you, i did not expect this. and what ted cruz did was a brave thing to do. and a great thing to do. because we want to bring unity to the republican party. we have to bring unity. it is so much easier if we have that. and many, many people are calling. that you would not even believe. the media, the press, you would not believe. people who have said the worst things about me. i have never had things said about me like this. in my businesses, i have been very respected. people did not talk to me this way. but in politics it is easy. the worst things. they are calling us and they are saying, we would love to get on the train. the trump train, they call it. but we would love to get on the train. and i actually spoke to one today and -- who was vicious -- i mean, this guy was unbelievable.
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and i said, i love having you and, you know, i think it is terrific, but after what you said about me, how can you possibly join my team? and he said, mr. trump don't even think about. do not worry about it. there is no problem. in other words, he is a politician, there is no problem. i would have had a hard time. but we have a lot of people coming. i have to thank senator jeff sessions. one of the most respected man or people in congress. and so many others. mean, sarah palin from day one. incredible. jerry falwell, junior, liberty university. i mean, he is something. he is really a special person. they have done an incredible job. and everybody goes through liberty. we all go through liberty. and somehow he like what i was
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saying and the way i said it. but he is really a special guy and he has really helped me. so many pastors and ministers. tonight i see that i won with -- it in jell-o kohl's tonight i see that taiwan with -- tonight i see that i won with the evangelicals. the evangelical vote was for trump. there is no greater honor. just no greater honor. we are going to work together for many, many years. we are going to make it so good. we're going to be saying "merry christmas" again. remember, we are going to be saying it. and i won with women. i love women. i love winning with women. i won with women. i won with men. we won with hispanics. we won with african-americans.
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we won with virtually every category, so it has just been an amazing evening. so again, i want to congratulate ted cruz. he is a tough, smart competitor. i want to thank my wife and family. it is an incredible family. i want to thank my staff. both my staff and my thousands and thousands of people that work for the trump organization. and, perhaps in all fairness, more importantly on this evening and for what we are doing currently, my staff. where we are running for the presidency. and remember this, our theme is very simple. it is "make america great again." we will make america great again. we will start winning again. you will be so proud of this country very, very soon. thank you all. thank you very much. thank you. [music playing "start me up" by the rolling stones]
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♪ >> c-span, created by american cable washington journal is next on c-span. at 11:30 eastern, david cameron ask questions on eu membership. in the afternoon, president obama delivers from flint michigan after meeting with people who have been affected by the water crisis. coming up in 20 minutes, paul egan joins us to talk about the president's trip. , vicejay carafano president for the heritage foundation talks about the navy seal killed in iraq.
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former green party and independent presidential candidate ralph nader talks about campaign 2016 and his upcoming book. >> this has been an amazing evening. i did not expect it. what ted did is a really brave thing to do and a great thing to do. we want to bring unity to the republican party. ♪ that began with 17 candidates, donald trump has become the parties nominee after winning in indiana and senator ted cruz dropping out of the race. on the democrat side, bernie sanders scored another win in the hoosier state that it does little to change the delegate math. we will talk to bernie sanders's supporters later in the program. we want to begin

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